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Bears' Kelvin Hayden could see more time at nickel back

Cornerback Kelvin Hayden could see more snaps this week.

Jonathan Daniel

Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden could see more snaps at nickel back as head coach Lovie Smith has been impressed with his play and is suggesting that time will be split differently in the secondary this week, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

Hayden had two tackles and two fumble recoveries in the Bears' 51-20 win over the Tennessee Titans last Sunday.

Smith said he will play whomever he thinks can make plays and help the team win with this week.

Hayden has 11 tackles this season while splitting time with D.J. Moore.

The Bears' defense leads the league with 17 interceptions and 11 touchdowns this season. The secondary is allowing 230.1 yards per game which ranks 16th in the league. Chicago has also forced a league-high 17 fumbles while recovering 11 of them.

Chicago has opened the season with a 7-1 record which puts them one-game behind the 8-0 Atlanta Falcons for the best record in the NFC. The Bears play the 7-1 Houston Texans this Sunday.